Walker Evans: New York (July 28, 1998 to April 2, 2000)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 28 to October 11, 1998, (Cat.)
- Museum Folkwang, (Essen), February 6 to April 2, 2000, (Cat.)
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Stepped Back Skyscrapers, New York
Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)
about 1928 - 1929
Gelatin silver print
7.8 x 5.6 cm (3 1/16 x 2 3/16 in.)
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Manhattan in the 1920s was a dynamically changing landscape that embodied the term Modernismat every turn. Photographers sought to capture that energy and spirit by focusing on the architectural activity that was daily transforming the New York skyline and setting a precedent for the rest of the world to emulate. In this view, Walker Evans eliminated any reference to sky or horizon by pointing his camera down upon the towering structures, suggesting that he occupied an even loftier perch in some even higher building.